Press Release

Youth and College Members Key at 108th NAACP National Convention

July 17, 2017

Convention will host series of workshops and networking events to engage Youth and Young Professionals


BALTIMORE (July 17, 2017) – The NAACP’s 108th National Convention, taking place in Baltimore from July 22nd – 26th, will feature an array of events to engage Youth and College members. To mobilize the next generation of civil rights leaders, the convention will host a robust series of workshops, socials, luncheons and networking events specifically geared towards young people.

“The Youth and College Division is a critical, engaged, and active arm of the NAACP,” said Youth and College Representative, Anthony Davis Jr., “Our workshops and events in Baltimore will bring together hundreds of youth, college students, and young professionals to continue to fight for those that may not be able to advocate for themselves.”

The capstone event for the Youth and College members – the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Freedom Fund Dinner, will take place on Tuesday, July 25th at the Hyatt Regency and will celebrate the contributions of young people to the NAACP.

The youth portion of the convention starts on Sunday, July 23rd with the Youth Advisors Orientation and welcome session. Several educational workshops will be held from Sunday the 23rd to Tuesday the 25th and will include topics such as “Building Black Political Power,” “Faith and Activism,” and “Black Wall Street,” an economic empowerment workshop on financial education, entrepreneurship and investment.

A Youth and College Mass meeting will take place on Monday, July 24th. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will host three panels:

  • How did we get here? From 1619 to 2016: Our Story.

Carlos Canton, President of the National Urban League

Jessica Pierce, Former National Chair, Black Youth Project 100


  • Where are we now? Year One: What are the implications of the Presidency of Donald Trump?

DeRay Mckesson, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero

Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach for America


  • What’s next? Strategies for the Days Ahead. 

Tamika Mallory, National Co-Chair of the Women’s March

DeJoiry Mckenzie-Simmons, Youth Member of the NAACP Board of Directors


Recognizing Excellence

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet prominent voices in advocacy today. Antonia Hylton, reporter and associate producer at VICE network, will be present at the Roy Wilkins Youth Luncheon and activist, Tamika Mallory, will speak at the Clara Luper Youth and College Luncheon, an event dedicated to honoring youth advisors and bestowing the “Advisor of the Year” award.

The 108th Annual Convention will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, One Pratt St. For a detailed schedule of events and locations, visit the NAACP convention website.




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